Reviews and Problems with Sigma APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
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Oleg M, Amazon
11 June 2014
Summary: I was looking for a long telephoto lens to use with my Sony E-mount cameras (A6000 and A7r), and looks like only Sigma makes those for Sony stabilized (A-mount). The Sony 70-400 is not stabilized relying on the A-mount cameras IBIS, Tamron simply cripples their A-mount lenses by disabling the stabilization - I would call it a pinnacle of stupidity.
Summary: Yes, it's heavy. But if you are comfortable with a 70-200mm, you will instantly appreciate the extra "reach" on both ends. It's not THAT much heavier. While it excels in telephoto work, you can still dial it back and get a "normal" 50mm. Which means less missed shots because they are too close. On the far end, you can get those wildlife shots that need the full 500mm magnification (and probably at least a monopod to steady). And everythhing between.
Summary: Just received the lens and got to play with it. I think I died and went to heaven. Fast auto focus, crisp clear pictures whether at 50mm or 500mm. I can't wait to use it some more. It is a bit heavy but I was still able to hold it to take pictures without a tripod. I will most likely use a monopod if I am planning to shoot for a longer time. I gave up my Sony 400mm telephoto and will be using this on my Alpha 77.
Summary: I've owned this lens for 8 months now. Although, I'll rent the EX 70-200mm f2.8 IS II (unsurpassed image quality) when shooting professionally because of its low light capability, I won't even consider selling my Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM OS (affectionately called "Bigma") to offset the cost of buying the rental lens. With a 10X (ten times 50mm) focal length, this lens covers just about any well lighted shooting opportunities.
Summary: This is a great lens for the price. It takes very sharp pictures and being able to zoom to 500mm is awesome. It is heavy and long when it is zoomed out, but all long lenses are pretty heavy and long. Focus speed is good and it is quiet.
Summary: This lens is very highly rated on Dyxum. I agree. Surprisingly sharp wide open. I did lens chart testing at 500, 400, 300 and 100mm. Surprisingly sharp! Note: Yes, it is heavy. If it were possible to get all that large glass in a lighter package, one would expect Sigma would have done it. I find the lens is well built - something akin to a tank. Sigma supplies a 2-part lens hood. Use 1 part with a full frame camera, use both sections for APS-C.